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kidnapping and bomb hoax halfway around the world in australia. and where's the beef? the battle between two of the country's biggest hot dog companies is heating up in court. good morning. i'm diana alvear. >> and i'm rob nelson. the president is in iowa this mi morning with a focus on the economy. mr. obama is announcing a new plan to help rural america get back to work. >> the president is also trying to counter republican criticism and his sinking poll numbers. karen travers is joining us from washington with more on the president's road trip. karen? >> reporter: good morning, diana. good morning, rob. the white house insists this is not a campaign trip but with his tie off, sleeves rolled up as he slams the republican candidates, president obama certainly looks like a man in full campaign mode. with americans increasingly worried about the economy and the republican presidential candidates growing more vocal, president obama said for the first time he'll have a plan
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when congress gets back in september. >> a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs. >> reporter: but first a smaller plan, today president obama will announce a new initiative for rural areas. the white house e ys it will spur growth and create jobs in part through a $350 million tration.nt through the small the president's on a three-day bus tour through the midwest trying to get his groove back. his approval ratings are sinking and he's taking constant heat from the republican presidential contenders. the white house says the econ y economy-themed bus tour is official business. >> i know it's not election season yet. >> reporter: but mr. obama certainly looks and sounds like a man fighting for his job. he blasted the entire republican field for refusing to support any deficit deal that had tax increases. >> none of them would take it. think ababt that. i mean that's just not common sense. >> reporter: out on the campaign trail, the republican challengers smelled blood in the
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water. >> understanding how the economy works by having worked in the real economy is finally essential in the white house. >> he's going to talk about jobs, but i think the only job he cares about is the one he's got. >> reporter:r:resident obama said his september jobs plan includes ideas that republicanst have traditionally supported but with the campaign already in full swing, getting that support now may be very difficult. rob, diana? >> and, karen, texas governor rick perry has one day of official campaigning behind him now. karen, how would you rate his first day? >> reporter: perry came out swinging, diana. he slammed the president yesterday on the economy and jobs. he said president obama is the greatest threat to our country. a reporter asked him, do you think president obama loves america? perry said, you'u' have to ask him. he even slammed fed chairman ben bernanke saying that if the fed prints more money between now and the election, it would amount to treason and it would get very u uy if he were down in ugly.
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diana and rob, already he's just been on the campaign trail a couple hours, and it's already getting quite ugly. >> very ugly. >> bold talk. all right, thanks. live report from washington this morning. also, governor perry took a swipe at president obama over during a stop at the iowa state fair perry, who is an air force vet suggested that his own service experience would make him a better commander in chief. >> perry said he has a better feel for what the men and women serving the military are going through. a pentagon advisory group has proposed changing the military's very generous pension benefits as a way of saving money. right now service members get half of their regular pay after serving 20 years. >> it is to change to a 401(k) plan that they would collect at the usual retirement age. the plan would have to be approved by the pentagon and then congress. u.s. military officials say libya launched a scud missile for the first time in that country's war. it reportedly fell in the desert. it did not cause any damage. nato nato had targeted libya's scud
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supplili when the war began. mean while, libyan leader moammar gadhafi was said to have given what was a live speech on tv though only his voice was heard. he urged them to fight the rebels who have been making advances. massive amounts of donated food meant for somalians have been stolen and sold. some families say they've even been forced to hand back food once they're photographed by journalists. it's raising concern about the willingness and ability and the government to fight corruption. officials at the indiana state fair have not said whether the stage and rigging that collapsed saturday night had been previously inspected. that is just one of the many questions that investigators are looking into following that weekend tragedy. the fair did re-open yesterday with a ceremony to remember the five victims who died, as well as those who tried to save them. >> we come today with hearts that are broken but also hearts that are full. our broken for those
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we have lost, for those who were harmed. i cannot tell you how proud i am to be the employee of 6.5 million people like that. >> about two dozen people remain in the hospital following the accident. scary moments for siblings. a ride at the iowa state fair broke down yesterday suspending a brother and sister 95 feet above ground. the siblings ages 23 and 17 were trapped for 2 1/2 hours when the ejection seat ride broke. rescuers used a crane and basket and brought them down one at a time. protesters made a mess of rush hour yesterday on san francisco's b.a.r.t. station.
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four downtown stations had to be sat down and they were angry managers cut off cell phone service at a station last thursday where a protest over police brutality was set to take place. cell phone service was not cut yesterday but police in riot gear did come in to clear the crowd. well, there's more proof this morning that a little bit of exercrce can go a long way when it comes to your health. >> a new study found that just 15 minutes of exercise a day can increase your life expectancy by three years, and it cuts your risk of dying by 14%. regular exercise strengthens muscles and reduces the risk of disease and promotes mental well being. >> pays to hit the gym. >> we should jog home from work today. now for this morning's weather from around the nation. scattered showers with another day of heavy downpours in new england and upstate new york. showers and thunderstorms in central and southern florida. severe weather withe of chance terrors around omaha, fargo, des moines and minneapolis and thunderstorms trigger flooding in the desert southwest. >> a scorching 106 in phoenix. 90 in albuquerque and 87 in boise. mostly 80s across the midwest. dallas hits 104. new orleans, 94.
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near 90 in atlanta and 75 in new york. and coming up, the new warning from the leader of al qaeda that comes just weeks before the anniversary of 9/11. and then is the pain at the pump finally over? at lower gas prices really mean for the economy. and the controversy started by the world's biggest coffee chain that's heating up on capitol hill. ú
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overseas markets are mostly higher this morning after several corporate deals were announced in the u.s.
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tokyo's nikkei average was up 21 points today. hong kong's hang senenlost 25 1/2. in london the ftse openene higher. on wall street the dow gained almost 214 points yesterday. the nasdaq index was up 47. well, believe it or nono we are actually seem to be doing a better job with our credit cards. the credit reporting agency trans union n ys late payments are at the lowest level in 17 years despite an increase in credit card use. the average user has $4,700 on all their cards combined. that's about 5% less than a year ago. gas prices are falling again even while oil prices are rising. prices were down 7 cents in the past week to an average of $3.60 a gallon. it's the seng weekly decrease in a row after five weeks of increases. gas is still 86 cents higher than a year ago. the securities and exchange commission is taking a closer look at last week's stock
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market roller coaster and the s.e.c. is checking whether standard & poor's followed proper procedures in downgrading america's credit rating the head of starbucks is trying to brew up a political protest. ceo howard schultz says there are grounds for businesses to withhold political contributions to lawmakers until they come up with what he calls a "fair, bipartisan deal on rededing the deficit." interesting stuff. >> uh-huh. all right. when we come back this morning, the fight under way to get casey anthony back in a florida courtroom. and the arrest that could solve last week's mysterious kidnapping and bomb hoax in australia. ♪ [ female announcer ] nutri-grain -- can lead to another. ♪ ♪
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because he hasn't had anything to drink since friday. now for a look at morning road conditions, flooding on i-95 north of new york city and on 91 across new england. a slick ride on i-75 and 95 in from daytona beach. wet on i-35 north into minneapolis. rain soaked parts of 25, 10 and 40 in the southern rockies. airport delays are possisib in boston, new york, orlando, miami and minneapolis. there could be more legal drama ahead for casey anthony. her lawyers say they'll fight a judge's order that anthony return to florida to serve probation for ch >> anthony, of course, has been out of the public eye since she was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter. her lawyer says serving that probation would put anthony in danger because of the many death threats that sheheas received. al qaeda's new leader is calling for fresh attacks against the united states to avenge the death of osama bin laden. >> it comes as u.s. officials have literally lost track of young men who may have
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already heeded that call. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross has the story. >> reporter: ayman al zawahiri is america's new most wanted man. and with the 9/11 anniversary approaching, he had the full attention of u.s. officials with calls for attacks on the united states to avenge the death of osama bin laden. "my brothers, the mujahadin, hunt her down wherever you may encounter," he said referring to the u.s., calling it a murderous country. the new calls for attack add weight to concerns about the unknown whereabouts of dozens of young men from somali and yemeni neighborhoods in minneapolis and detroit. u.s. officials say many ended up in terror training camps erseas, and the u.s. has now lost track of them. a 2008 recruitment tape for an al qaedaa connected grou in somalia features an anonymous young man for an al qaeda connected group in somalia speaking with what seems to be an american accent and phrasing. >> we have a global mission -- >> reporter: and in minneapolis another suspected terror recruiter, mahmoud saed omar,
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made his initial appearance in federal court charged with steering young men from the twin cities to terror camps in somalia. u.s. officials are now being described as on full alert given the approaching 9/11 anniversary. so far there's been very little of the so-called terrorist chatter, which means either there's nothing going on or that perhaps as was the case 10 years ago before 9/11, the plotters are operating in silence. brian ross, abc news, new york. there's been an arrest in the u.s. in connection with that bizarre bomb hoax in australia. a 50-year-old australian man was captured yesterday while staying with his ex-wife near louisville, kentucky. doug peters forced a teenage girl to wear a bomb around her neck for ten hours in an attempt to extort money from her wealthy family. that bomb turned out to be a fake. a maryland man must remain in custody for 16 more days as police in aruba investigate the disappearance of his companion robyn gardner who has now not been seen in two weeks.
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gary giordano is being held as a suspect. prosecutors tell abc news their decision to detain giordano is based on his past u.s. record, especially the restraining orders filed against him by two women. a dog eat dog competition is taking center stage in a chicago courtroom to settle a beef between the nation's two largest hot dog makers. oscar mayer and ball park franks are accuse iing each other of false advertising. a battle that started in 2009 when an oscar mayer ad claimed it was tastier than ballpark. the humor of the case wasn't lost on the judge who started off by saying "let the wiener wars begin." a san francisco giants fan o was severely beaten outside of dodgers stadium is making some remarkable strides. doctors say bryan stow can now follow some commands and interact with family members but not sure how much progress he can make. stowe was beaten nearly to death back in march. and for last night's highlights from the world of sports, here's adnan virk at espn news.
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>> good morning. a baseball milestone was achieved on monday night. only seven players in the ajor l had reached 600 home runs. jim thome becoming the eighth for the minnesota twins taking on the tigers. top of the sixth, one on. none out, game tied at 3. thome drills that one deep to left center. that's home run number 599 and his tenth of the year. top of the sev top of the seventh, two on, two away. twins up, 6-5, and there she goes. number 600 off of daniel schlereth. thome's 11th of the year. the twins win, makes it even sweeter, 9-6 was the final. preseason final, rex ryan says, you, i want you. he and the jets takes on houston. completes the pass to santonio holmes, signed a big contract in the off-season. that's a six-yard gain. finding derrick mason. 37-year-old wide receiver, ex of the baltimore ravens.
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6 of 7 for 43 yards and matt leinart getting action as quarterback, formatter quarterback at usc, of course, arizona cardinals. here play action buys some time. complete to garrett graham for a ten-yard gain. later in the drive, the jets' defense says too many men on the field forcing rex ryan to call a time-out. why i ought to. down goes the headset. rex, absolutely enraged. later, leinart, rex really isn't going to like this. finding chris ogbonnaya for a touchdown. leinart 8 of 14 for 78 yards. the texans win it, 20-16. you're up to date for now. don't forget for all your highlights, join us on the highlight express on espn news. well, a petite performer is back by popular demand turning heads at one of the many fairgrounds across the country. >> twiggy, the waterskiing squirrel, wowed the crowd at a county fair in michigan with her impressive skills. look at her go in the pool.
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and now a look ahead at the stories we'll be watching this tuesday. president obama tries to regain the political momentum today in the midwest by unveiling a new plan to put americans back to work. it includes money to boost small businesses and hospitals in rural areas. the vice president is also on the road with an economic message. joe biden leaves today for some visits to china, mongolia and japan. aides say he will tell leaders that the u.s. is committed to tackling its fiscal challenges. libyan rebels are moving on tripoli and are trying to cut oil supply lines and are encouraged by a breakthrough in a month-long stalemate with gadhafi forces. several investigations under way after a chlorine leak at a sacramento water park. 20 people were taken to the hospital including nine children. victims suffered respiratory problems and trouble seeing after a high concentration of chlorine was released into the wave pool. german chancellor angela merkel and prefrp president nicolas sasarkozy are holding a
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big meeting today. they're focusing on how to get the euro zone countries to work closer to address worries over europe's debts. and it is a somber day for elvis presley fans. it marks the 34th anniversary of the singer's death. graceland is holding a candlelight vigil. the main event of elvis week. fans are also commemorating 55 years since his first two albums were released. >> wowalways the king, always an icon. >> hard to believe it's been that many years. >> well, for some of you, your local news is up. for everyone else, how far would you go for your favorite food? the man who drove cross country just for a yummy taste of home. you won't believe this story. we'll be right back. on first. for broccoli, say one. for toys, say two. toys ! the system can't process your responseset this time. what ? please call back between 8 and 5 central standard time. he's in control. gogobye. even kids know it's wrong to give someone the run around. at ally bank you never have to deal with an endless automated system.
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...and help stop further joint damage with humira. coming up next on abc7 news -- what did he say? the accusation of racial
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slurs that now have the oakland schools police chief on administrative leave. police announce a new arrest in shooting death of 3-year-old child as the community prepares to come together to honor the victim one more time. meteorologist mike nicco has the forecast. >> we're watching more clouds this morning. probably flight arrival delays in sfo. we'll talk about how it my favorite story of the morning. i go love this story. how far would you go to satisfy your favorite food craving? >> one transplanted massachusetts man went to extremes just to get a slice of his favorite pie. >> reporter: david schuller really loves this pizza. >> it's the crust. the way they make the crust. it is so tender and the way the sauce on the pizza is different than anything around here. >> reporter: schuller drove 1,400 miles from his mississippi home ordering 150 pies for
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take-out. >> it's amazing. i didn't know exactly what he wanted the 100 for. we have plenty of people come in for 20, 25 but not 100 or 150. >> reporter: the former resident said the 16-mile, 24-hour ride was worth the trip. >> i'll be there. when i get to my brother's house, they want pizza. >> he did it last year with 00. >> reporter: the restaurant says it's simple. fresh ingredients with wisconsin cheese and california tomatoes cooked to a bubbly perfection in a pizza oven. >> excellent, absolutely excellent. especially his languisa. >> i had to have it, absolutely. delicious. >> reporter: okay, with all the hype we had to put it to the test. it's really good.
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want to try it yourself bring cash. the restaurant doesn't take credit cards. cheryl fiandaca. >> they say men have trouble with commitment. check out that story. that's a devoted man. >> you can love that pizza. i'm really hungry right now. >> any food you would travel for, your can't live without it. >> key lime pie. i would totally drive tonight to get it. >> i would go to new o oeans for crawfish. that's what's making news in america. >> stay with us for "good morning america." have a great tuesday. in the headlines this tuesday morning, the oakland school police chief is being investigated for allegedly making a number of racial slurs. there are also allegation of an attempted


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